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Northern California District
Release Date: 02/03/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana, 530-252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-12-30

New Fort Bragg Partners to Help with Coastal Monument Management

A partnership team focused on conserving natural resources on California’s coastline and offshore rocks and islands has grown by five Fort Bragg-Mendocino organizations that  have become collaborative management partners in the U. S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Coastal National Monument (CCNM).

At a recent ceremony in Fort Bragg, representatives of the City of Fort Bragg, Caspar Community, Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association and the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Historical Society signed memoranda  of understanding to become collaborative management partners for the Fort Bragg-Mendocino gateway to the national monument.

“We are pleased that the City of Fort Bragg will use its promotional committee to coordinate the gateway effort,” said Rick Hanks, manager of the CCNM. “Fort Bragg is the first city in the 12 CCNM gateways to take lead in coordinating a gateway effort.”

The new partners join 14 other Mendocino Coast organizations and agencies in the gateway organization.

CCNM gateways work closely with the BLM, California State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Game on long-term preservation, stewardship, public education and promotion of the national monument and California’s coastal resources. 

The California Coastal National Monument, established in 2000, includes more than 20,000 rocks, small islands, pinnacles and exposed reefs from above mean high tide, out 12 nautical miles, and running the length of the California Coast. It was established to preserve the geologic features and the habitat they provide for sea mammals and seabirds, plants and cultural resources.

Community gateway partnerships are an important part of managing the monument, which is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.

Detailed information about the monument can be found online at


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Last updated: 02-06-2012